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Maria Zanetta, Vino, 2017

Maria Alejandra Zanetta, Vino, 2017 - Mixed media

About the Artist

Maria Alejandra Zanetta
Argentinian, born 1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives in Akron, Ohio

Although her day job involves teaching Spanish literature at the University of Akron, artist Maria Alejandra Zanetta has a passion for art-making. Zanetta is fascinated with color and texture and considers printmaking the perfect medium to explore these interests. Each print has its own personality and uniqueness, not only because of the printing process, but because each print is developed in conjunction with a collage that gives it its distinct characteristics. The end result is a print that is bold, dynamic and one of a kind.

Maria Alejandra Zanetta was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied fine arts at the National School for the Arts. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, she moved to the United States to pursue interdisciplinary studies and the relationship between painting and literature. After receiving her doctorate in comparative literature and art at the Ohio State University, she joined the University of Akron, where she currently teaches a wide range of courses in Hispanic literature, language and culture.

Zanetta also designed the First Night Akron 15th Anniversary Button in 2011. She is represented by the Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus and by the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron and Cleveland.

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ShaneWynn, Beekeeper, 2015

Shane Wynn, Beekeeper, 2015 - Photograph

About the Artist

Shane Wynn
American, born 1976, Canton, Ohio
Lives in Akron, Ohio

In this photograph, Shane Wynn captures a beekeeper wearing a protective suit and carrying a smoker, an ancient method used to calm honeybees. This hazy portrait of local business owner Brent Wesley of Akron Honey Company offers a behind the scenes look at the harvesting of urban honey. Akron Honey is harvested throughout a variety of Akron neighborhood apiaries, with each location delivering its own unique flavor.

As an Akron and Northeast Ohio enthusiast, Wynn aims to capture the diverse people and places of this region through photography. Flip through The Devil Strip, Edible Cleveland or Akron Life and you’ll likely see her work. On a walk through downtown Akron you may have spotted some of Wynn’s portraits in the Curated Storefronts of the O’Neil Building. To view more of her work, visit:

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David Szalay, Darwins Fox, 2017

David Szalay, Darwins Fox, 2017 - Digital Print

About the Artist

David Szalay
American, born 1965, Akron, Ohio
Lives in Richfield, Ohio

Artist and illustrator David Szalay is interested in storytelling. He’s inspired by collective experiences, such as exploring nature and childhood memories. Darwin’s Fox is based on an exploratory series documenting several critically endangered species from around the globe. The bright colors contrast with the somber subject of the endangered Darwin’s fox. Szalay also looked to the Saturday morning cartoons for inspiration. He was especially inspired by background artist Maurice Noble who worked on the landscapes of many early Warner Brothers cartoons. Although Szalay’s style emulates watercolor painting, most of his work is created digitally.

Graduate of University of Akron’s Myers School of Art, Szalay currently teaches as an Associate Professor of Graphic Design there. Prints of his work can be found at Little Chicago Clothing in Canton. To view more work by Szalay, visit:

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Emily Sullivan, Smith Plight of the Passenger Pigeons, 2015

Emily Sullivan Smith, Smith Plight of the Passenger Pigeons, 2015 - 12 color screen print with gold leafing

About the Artist

Emily Sullivan Smith
American, born 1980, Cleveland, Ohio
Lives in Dayton, Ohio

Emily Sullivan Smith carefully gilded this appropriated image of hunters displaying their kill of passenger pigeons. The work investigates the tenuous balance between humans and nature through the perceived abundance of natural resources. To create this image, the artist invented a process in which she digitally separated the image into several layers in Photoshop and reconstructed it by screen printing each color, with the final gold applied using a mixture of adhesive and clear ink. The process was so challenging that Sullivan Smith keeps one of the first proofs in her office as a reminder to persevere.

Sullivan Smith grew up in Kent and currently teaches at the University of Dayton. She previously worked as an art handler at the Akron Art Museum and was featured in the exhibition Heavy Metal. Learn more about her work at: